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Reimagining Rural Inspiration Hour Making things happen in small towns.  – The Third Wednesday of each month from 11:30-12:45 via WebEx.

March 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Publication finds Montana has second highest demand for leaders in the U.S.

Montana has the second highest demand for leaders per capita in the country, according to the findings of a report that will be presented in a Montana State University Extension webinar at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The publication, prepared for Montana by rural sociologist Benjamin Winchester of the University of Minnesota Extension, is titled “Montana’s Leadership Demand.” It reports that one in every 13 adults must hold a leadership position to keep the state’s existing government and nonprofit organizations running, according to Tara Mastel, MSU Extension community development program leader.

For example, she said, all organizations are required by law to have a certain number of members on their board of directors, and many organizations rely on volunteers to help staff events and assist with programs.


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January 18:  “Supply and Demand of Leaders in Small Towns.” Benjamin Winchester, University of Minnesota Extension.  Winchester’s article can be found here.

February 15:  “First Steps for Rehabing an Old Building.”  Jason Seyler, MT DEQ and Cathy Barta, Snowy Mtn Devel.

March 15:  “Re-Branding your Town: How to Start and Why.”  Jennifer Anderson of Forsyth.

April 19:  “Starting a New Festival:  What Would Work? When to Plan? What do you Need?”


May 17:  Tourism Grant Program (TGP) Info Session. The TGP is an easy-to-write grant for beautification or accessibility projects.

June 13 (Tuesday):  Reimagining Rural In-Person Conference in Townsend, MT. Details coming soon.

July, August:  Break for Summer.

September 20:  “How to Get Started on a Trail or Walking Path in Your Town.”

October 18: “Reimagining Rural:  What have Towns Accomplished and How to Apply.”

November 15:  “Engaging Youth in Your Community.”

December 20:  “Celebrate the Wins.” Hear what small towns accomplished this year and what is planned for next



Contact Information
Tara Mastel, MSU Extension community development program leader, [email protected] or 406-490-4180

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